A Programme of Formation for Lay Pastoral Ministry and Leadership

By: Rev Dr √Čamonn Fitzgibbon | Posted on: 16 November 2021

You are invited to attend an information evening on the new ‘Programme of Formation for Lay Pastoral Ministry and Leadership’ which will be offered in the Diocese of Limerick next year.

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This programme is designed and developed as an initiative across the Dioceses of the Cashel Province in association with the Irish Institute for Pastoral Studies at MIC Thurles. It provides training for those who are interested in working as volunteer catechists or lay pastoral workers at parish and pastoral area level. The programme combines rich academic content with pastoral skills and promotes the personal and spiritual development of the participants with an awareness of the cultural context in which they will minister. The programme is both practical and theoretical and is grounded in pastoral spirituality.

Programme Outline:

  • Prayer and Spirituality (Spiritual accompaniment and days of recollection) 
  • Pastoral Formation (A practical pastoral placement)
  • Personal Development (Mentoring and personal growth)
  • Study (Successfully complete an accredited programme entitled Certificate in Pastoral Ministry  (Level 6, 30 Credits) over a two year period)


The programme runs for 30 months. After an initial six-month period of discernment the candidate may enrol in an accredited Certificate in Pastoral Ministry awarded by Mary Immaculate College. The Certificate programme will take place one weekend per month (Friday evening and all-day Saturday for 8 months per annum) for two years.


The IIPS Certificate in Pastoral Ministry will be offered for the first time in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly in the Academic Year 2022 – 2023, at the Irish Institute for Pastoral Studies in Thurles.